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obama joked and jabbed in the white house briefing room as he pressed the point that he's no lame duck and that he'll keep pushing his priority. >> we understand that we're in a divided government right now. republicans control the house of representatives. in the senate this habit of requiring 60 votes for even the most modest piece of legislation has gummed up the works there. despite that, i'm actually confident that there are a range of things we'll be able to get done. >> reporter: for instance he said he believes congress will approve sweeping immigration reform. and he insisted he hasn't given up on closing the prison at guantanamo, cuba, as he vowed to do in his first presidential campaign. >> i think it is critical for us to understand that guantanamo is not necessary to keep america safe. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standings. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counterterrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. >> reporter: congress has balancinged at transferring detainees to the
at a white house news conference, obama called the indefinite imprisonment of over 100 people unsustainable, but defended the ongoing force feeding of those on a hunger strike to win their freedom. >> the idea we would still a group ofrever individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are, contrary to our interests and it needs to stop. i am going to go back at it because i think it is important. >> are you going to continue force feeding these individuals? >> i do not want them to die. the pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best they can, but i think all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? why are we doing this? >> in a statement, a group representing guantanamo bay prisoners welcome to obama's closure pledged but urged him to take immediate action the center for constitutional rights said obama should immediately released 86 people already cleared for transfer and lift his self-imposed moratorium on returning yemeni nationals to their home country. we will speak with the center for constitutional rights after headlines. the obama administra
this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas >>> good evening. from new york i'm chris hayes. thank you for joining us. truly amazing stuff to cover tonight. how wild conspiracies are causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president." i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get
. president obama said the use of chemical weapons would cross a red line forcing action but stopped short of saying what action would be taken. the white house is very concerned about the use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians. but equally concerned that the weapons may fall in hands of extremist groups fighting alongside with the rebels. president obama on friday essentially reduced expectations that the united states would intervene in syria anytime soon. american officials fear that as bad as assad may be and as bad as the violence may be now, what comes after he is removed may be more chaotic and violent. as the debate continues, the rebels attack a government air base in the province today, while the syrian forces repeatedly shelled rebel positions in and around the province of aleppo. shannon? with the latest from the middle east. thank you. >>> distributors of videos circulating on the web claim it shows proof syrian government is guilty of attacking the own citizen with the kim call weapons. just last week they admitted the likelihood that syria used small amount of
that president obama can take on his own starting now. >> so that is yet, right? you talked to the white house today, howard. >> yes. >> did they give you a sense of what the content of what those steps, affirmative steps, my look like? >> i asked them and got an explanation to the assistant of the national security adviser. she said they're going to appoint a new person at the state department to take over the role of looking through these cases. that's something they had let lapsed. >> david freed had overseen this, overseen deals to get about 40 or so folks transferred. he had left and not been replaced. >> the fact that they hadn't replaced them showed where their actions were. secondly, they said we admit that the pentagon hasn't done enough to look through on a case-by-case basis for possible waivers that the congress gave the administration power to do. and she said they're going to start doing that very actively. so i think the proof is going to be in the administrative actions, and the key that the president used that caught your eye and mine was the word administrative. he complained
from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president." i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell. >> today the president sent washington reporters scrambling with the surprise announcement of a press conference, his first since march and took a more serious tone, though the theme was familiar, repeatedly asked about the first hundred days of his second term and his failure to avert the sequester or passing a gun bill, the president disabued reporters that he has some sort of magic power that he refuses to use that will alter public behavior. >> you seem to suggest somehow these folks over there have no
during the break. the white house announcing president obama will be meeting with reporters and taking questions from the brady pressroom at 10:15 this morning which means i have to get my butt out of here right after the show down to the white house get dressed first maybe. >> you have a tie bill? because you know, the president. >> bill: i live close by. i'll get a tie. >> don't shame us. >> bill: what is this all about? you think he has something to say about syria? >> that's certainly a possibility. this is really short notice. that could be the type of thing where -- >> bill: he's not coming in to chitchat. >> no. he's got something to say. >> as a former member of the white house. >> i don't think it is jason collins. >> i don't think they have a deal on the sequester. the only thing he has to talk about right now is syria. gotta be syria. >> bill: there will be a question about afghanistan. i'm sure. but he is doing this because he has something to tell us. all right. >> if he didn't want to answer questions about syria, he wouldn't be coming out today. >> bill: right right. no.
ago in may vice president biden surprised the white house on "meet the press" saying he was absolutely comfortable with same-sex marriage. that same week president obama said same-sex couples should be able to get married. the president made inauguration history by agrees addressing gay rights in the speech. >> the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our forebearers to seneca falls and stonewall. >> in "sports illustrated," collins refers to that speech saying the more people who speak out, the better. gay or straight. this ahead of the supreme court arguments on prop 8 and the defense of marriage act, rob portman was the first sitting senator to voice support after he learned his son, will, is gay. he was followed by mark kirk and dozens of democrats had a chase to avoid being the last on the democratic side. the supreme court arguments put a spotlight on the issue as polling showed a shift on major during the obama pedestrian. why is this announcement a dig deal? they were ahead of the durve and the civil rights
time. today 166 remain. bill plante asks the question that made news today. he's at the white house now. bill? >> reporter: scott, when barack obama was running for president in 2008, he vowed to close the u.s. prison in guantanamo bay cuba, a promise he did not keep. today he blamed congress. and with many of the prisoners there on that hunger strike that you mentioned, he said he'd try again. >> is it any surprise really that they would prefer death rather than have no end in sight to their confinement? >> it is not a surprise to me that we have problems in guantanamo. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. i'm going to go back at this and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that is in the best interest of the american people. >> meanwhile you continue to force feed these folks. >> i don't want these individuals to die. obviously the pentagon is trying to
taking place at the pentagon. .ive at 1:55 eastern at the white house this afternoon, president obama is expected to announce his choice of charlotte north carolina mayor anthony foxx to be the next transportation secretary. if confirmed, he will be placed outgoing secretary ray lahood. we will have the personal announcement live starting at 2:10 eastern on our companion network c-span3. at 7:00 p.m., the debate for the first congressional seat in south carolina. former republican governor mark sanford and elizabeth bush -- busch. it is expected to focus on federal expending, gun legislation and a number of other key issues. are trying to generate as a government and you are looking for ways to generate new revenue, silicon valley has the answers. if you are trying to explore and ignite better innovation within your mpany's, silicon valley has the answers. and then from an entrepreneur standpoint, how is entrepreneurship different than in other places, which is distinctly is? so much is often based on failure and learning from one's experiences. but it is also recognizing that you ca
obama made news saying all the options the white house is currently energy syria, boots on the ground, u.s. troops, not one of those options, how surprised are you by that? >> not surprised given the administration's incredible caution. i applaud that we don't want another iraq. we have to act. the syrian opposition is begging for weaponry. assad is wing, broken the blockade of a few bases and the world sort of weight, more moderate members of the foreign army, general broke want al qaeda-aligned jihadist rebels. he says he has more secular forces and begging us for simple things, one way to start if we art rebels, millen anti-tank missiles, they can taken out syrian armor. the fear would be someday they might be used against israeli forces but not talking anti-aircraft missile this is not sophisticate bud could make a difference, i think. i was speaking with someone yesterday and they said this is specifically the kind of weapon we want. very effective against armor. >> what's it called again? >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> they have small arms, but
room of the white house where in a few minutes we expect president obama to come to announce an initiative for military veterans and a private sector jobs initiatives for veterans and military spouses. vice president joe biden and dr. joe biden and the first lady will also be any attendance. pomona, calif., on the independent line. caller: think of taking my call. i think the president is doing a wonderful job. -- thank you for taking my call. listening to these ungrateful people and things he has to deal with, he has held this ship up when we are going down in the dumps. they say that he blames everything on them, but all of the things that have taken place and that are viewed as negative, a lot of them happened before obama came into office. going back to one of president obama's campaign rally cries, the people really need help, we need to get fired up, ready to go in 2014 because we are tired things. the woman quoting appears three times when these lives are at stake? preschool.t, losing you know, it's time for us to get the children now. president obama is not a divider.
news special report. president obama is about to hold a white house news conference. >> this is the first time since march 1st that the president has held a white house news conference. it's only the second white house news conference this year. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> tkpwofrpg to you, nora. there's no particular reason for this news conference. the president thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions before his trip to folks colater this week. this is the 100th day of the be second term. there's been a lot of criticism that he hasn't gotten much accomplished. he may see this as a way to relaunch his efforts. we know he will be asked about syria, immigration, gun control which failed miserably. immigration is live only because he managed to stay out of it. and other topics certain to come up, the debt, the coming limits on spending which will be a big fight in congress this summer, and who gets blamed of course is always a major concern of the white house. the public either blames congress or the president. the preside
] [ beeping ] red or blue? >> we're waiting to take you life to the white house. president obama getting set to start at 10:00 eastern. do we know what the president is likely to say? i don't know of any particular announcement he's going to open the press conference with, but he's preparing to go to mexico on a trip. he's ended the hundred days of his second term. the first hundred days although that doesn't mean very much in the success term and the president is simply kind of taking this moment to try to seize the initiative in washington having gotten past the flight delay issue last week, gotten congress to -- or congress decided itself to resolve that issue without resolving the rest of the sequester and i expect one thing he might do, simon is to press the case that there are many, many other effects of the sequester beyond flight delays that are of concern to poor americans and people benefitting from government services, headstart, meals on wheels and that sort of thing to get the republicans into negotiation to put the sequester aside and look for a budget deal. >> it is a news con
in washington, today marks the 100th day of president obama's second term in office, this morning he held a conference at the white house and explained his stance on the use of chemicals weapons in syria. >> what we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of syria, but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them, we don't have a chain of custody that estlishes what exactly happened, and when i am making decisions about america's national security and the potential for taking additional action in response to chemical weapon use, i have got to make sure i have got the facts. >> rose: and he condemned congress for stalling efforts to close guantanamo bay. >> i have asked my team to review everything that is currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively and i am going to reengage in congress to try and make the case that this is not something that is in the best interests of the american people. the idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who
time was higher by some measures than white turnout. you know, most of the pieces that wrote this up, ascribed it to simply to obama's presence on the ticket. obviously there's a lot of truth to that, you know. there is no denying that. but i thought that's not the only reason here. black people understand -- africans and latinos understand republicans, you know, voter suppression efforts in half the states in the country are aimed at them. >> stephanie: i love the way you say i invite conservatives to deceive themselves into thinking this is the case, because there is a black guy on the ticket. for all of this talk about a new g.o.p. out to steal minority hearts usually white people seem to forget the republican party is doing more to stop people from voting than george wallace ever did. >> more than george wallace ever did. you know, it is a more openly racist regime right now than it ever was under richard nixon and his infamous southern strategy. in those days, these things were done quietly. in back rooms and in code and so forth. but now the republican party, in many states in
. our buried lead today is the subject the president has not been asked about in a white house news conference since september, 2010, closing gitmo, a promise president obama made in his first presidential campaign and has failed to keep. is the president ready for round two? >> i'm going to go back at this. i've asked my team to review everything that's currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and i'm going to re-engage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the american people. >> and what are we hearing about guantanamo? hunger strikes, accusations of torture, just what's happening to the 166 prisoners still there? well, now we're getting an inside look thanks to one prisoner who has been there since 2002. his memoirs have been declassified by the u.s. government and today were printed by slate.com. i'm joined now by our politics and foreign affairs editor william dobson. thanks so much for joining us. i want to read part of what he wrote in his memoirs when he first arrived in gitmo.
, president obama scheduling at the last minute a conference with -- news conference with us white house reporters. nobody knew exactly why. the white house didn't say what the subject was. we all went down there expecting the president to come out and make a big announcement on syria which he did not do. in fact, he made a big announcement about nothing. i have never seen a presidential news conference, either watching on t.v. or there, myself where the president didn't start out with some remarks. they usually do to sort of set the direction for the news conference. if he didn't do it to make news most people speculated was because yesterday happened to be the 100th day of the president's second term. so it was a way of marking the 100 days without saying we are having a news conference to celebrate our 100 days. at any ration. we have some friends visiting us from france these days. after they came back from their touring around washington and i came back from my workday and they said, what was the scoop? what was the scoop? did you get a scoop today? there wa
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reaction to president obama's speaking on the boston and benghazi terror attacks during that white house news conference in our last hour. the president asked about critics raising concerns about u.s. national security in the kef those attacks. listen. >> lindsey graham a senior member of the armed services committee has said that benghazi and boston are both examples of the u.s. going backwards on national security. is he right? and did our intelligence miss something? >> no, mr. graham is not right on this issue, sure it generated some headlines. i think that what we saw in boston was state, local, federal officials, every agency, rallying around a city that had been attacked, identifying the perpetrators just hours after the scene had been examined. we now have one individual deceased, one in custody. charges have been brought. jon: well joining us by phone now south carolina republican senator lindsey graham. you heard the president there at his news conference in essence say, senator, that you are wrong. what's your response? >> with all due respect to the president we've lost eight
. this is about 50 minutes. [inaudible] president obama: hello, everybody. hello. good afternoon -- or good morning, everybody. i am here to answer questions in honor of ed henry, as he wraps up his tenure as president of the white house correspondents' association. ed, because of that, you get the first question. congratulations. >> thank you, sir. i really appreciate that. and i hope we can go back to business and being mad at each other in a little bit. president obama: i'm not mad at you. >> ok. thank you. i appreciate it. president obama: you may be mad at me. [laughter] >> i'm not. [laughter] a couple questions on national security. on syria, you said that the red line was not just about chemical weapons being used but being spread, and it was a game changer, seemed cut and dry. and now your administration seems to be suggesting that line is not clear. do you risk u.s. credibility if you don't take military action? and then on benghazi, there are some survivors of that terror attack who say they want to come forward and testify, some in your state department, and they say they've been
a hunger strike over how they are treated. president obama says the facility should be closed and that congress wouldn't let it happen. but he promised to revisit the issue. here is what the president said at the white house yesterday. >> i think it's critical for us to understand that guantanamo is not necessary to keep america safe. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter terrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed. >> he also said that, of course, during his re-election campaign. and it hasn't happened so far. >> i'd like to see him make a more forceful case here. a little more lurid language. >> it's really bad, yesterday he said i don't want these individuals to die. to that end there are some 25 and counting prisoners on hunger strike who have been designated to be force fed. >> it's actually like 100. >> it is more than that, but 25 or so are being force fed. the way it was described to me, by lawyers and by medical experts, is that the
are not at all happy with what the white house has done. a tough issue. the morning after pill counter manneding the fda. >> and as we, i always want to step back here and think about what president obama has done in opening up health care options for women in this country. the fact that the health care reform came through not only ensuring that i as a woman was not a preexisting condition but covering birth control for millions and millions of women in this country is a fantastic thing. i'm glad we're having this conversation. these are conversations we need to be having in this country. and i certainly hope at the end of the day to be quite honest, that science will overrule politics here. but i think a conversation we should be having and i think we have to keep pushing the envelope. >> madam president, thank you very much. ...so you say men are superior drivers? yeah? then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. silence. are you in good hands? when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first we
. there seems to be mixed messages coming from the white house. syrian opposition members say they know of no plans to arm these syrian rebels on the ground but we are also hearing that president obama seemed to indicate in his press conference yesterday that the use of chemical weapons has not been explored enough and that it raises more questions really than it answers. >> what we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of syria but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them. we don't have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened. >> reporter: as the president spoke more video emerged online of people claiming to have been exposed to chemical weapons. as with all such claims thus far they are impossible to verify. that has not stopped panic from spreading inside syria where fears of a large scale chemical attack are growing. in a letter attained by margaret brennan, the leader of the free syrian army asked president obama for support from the u.s. in dealing with the threat of chemical weapons. and warned that the cos
"washington journal," we will look at president 0,'s second term -- president obama's second term. followed by an update on the situation in syria with jeffrey white. peter settled joins us. tweets,h your calls, and e-mails at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. the national rifle association held its annual meeting this weekend in houston tx. we will show you some of the featured speakers, including wayne lapierre, nra ceo. 8:35 eastern here on c-span. the anti-defamation league hosted its centennial summit last week in washington. keynote speaker talked about counter-terrorism efforts, i ran bang pots nuclear program, and syria. this is half an hour. >> pan am flight 103, munich twin towers and the pentagon, a move by, tokyo subway, the london underground, the images of two terrorist attacks are seared in our minds and the mere mention of those words and those places fill us with anger and sorrow. and now, unfortunately, boston gets added to that list. our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and our prayers for healing go to the wounded. boston is strong, indeed. t
obama will hold his first press conference, marking the first 100 days of his second term today and he will be taking questions on a wide range of issues. nbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is in the briefing room for us. as i understand it not one of those occasions where the president is expected to come out and deliver a piece of news. >> that's right, savannah. if you think about just the last 15 days, when you have the boston marathon investigation, those bombings are continuing. you have this sequester standoff over the airports and faa funding. and then now throw in the issue with syria, there's a lot on the table. is white houses love to have press conferences when congress is out of town. congress happens to be out of town this week so they get washington and the spin cycle to themselves. so, put all that together and the fact that this is that -- one of those mythical markers that the white house claims they don't follow but they just happen to schedule a press conference today, the first 100 dives that second term. and you have all of it coming together for a
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